homemade pesto sauce

Homemade Pesto Sauce

Easy to make Homemade pesto sauce in just under 10 minutes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Cup
Calories 1509 kcal


  • 2 Cups Fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced
  • 1/3 Cup Pine nuts
  • 2 Garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea salt, or to your taste
  • 1/4 Tsp Freshly ground black pepper, or to your taste


  1. Heat a small frying pan on low heat.

  2. Add in the pine nuts and cook until golden for about 3-4 minutes. Keep shaking the frying pan every couple of seconds to prevent the nuts from over-coloring and burning.

  3. Place all ingredients except olive oil into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until chopped.

  4. Continue processing while gradually adding oil in a steady stream, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the food processor.

  5. Transfer to a 10 oz jar and keep refrigerated for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

TIP: To freeze, pour into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove the frozen pesto cubes and store in a resealable plastic bag until future use.

Note: the nutrition fact is for the entire cup

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pesto Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1509 Calories from Fat 1377
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 153g 235%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 1934mg 81%
Potassium 547mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 59.3%
Vitamin C 47.4%
Calcium 66.4%
Iron 29.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.